The 2012 All-Long Island boys swimming team.
By Doric Sam
Long Island Swimmer of the Year
St. Anthony’s, Sr.
Yeager won St. Anthony’s first state federation championship, taking the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:49.06. He also finished fourth in the 100 backstroke with a personal-best time of 50.37.
At the CHSAA championship meet, Yeager’s time of 51.08 in the 100 backstroke set a league record and he also won the 200 IM in 1:51.89. He was named the meet’s most outstanding swimmer and won the Jack Kennedy Award winner, which goes to the swimmer who has had the best career in the league.
“He’s been phenomenal, I’ve enjoyed every single second I’ve spent coaching him,” St. Anthony’s coach Daniel McBride said. “It was a thrill for me to see him win the state championship. I’m not only his coach; I’m a fan of Christian. I love to watch him swim, I love to watch him compete.”
Yeager leaves behind a strong legacy at St. Anthony’s, where he holds school records in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke and is part of the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay records.
“There’s a presence about Christian because of the level of swimming he’s at,” McBride said. “He’s a great leader, he’s been able to mentor the younger swimmers. It’s going to be sad to see him go.”
Yeager is also the first swimmer in school history to qualify for Olympic trials, where he will be competing in the 200-meter backstroke in June. He will be swimming for Harvard next year.
After winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.70 at the Suffolk championships, he won the state championship with a time of 57.20. The time is a new Suffolk County record, breaking the 2011 record of 57.40 set by Matthew Goetz of Islip. Cassell is Huntington’s first individual state champion in the past 30 years.
Kowalsky capped his career at Bellmore-Merrick with a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (45.90) at the state championships and he also finished fifth in the 50 freestyle (21.18). At the county meet, Kowalsky set a new record in the 50 free with a time of 21.10 in the preliminary round and won the finals in 21.35 in addition to winning the 100 free in 46.77. He will be swimming for SUNY Buffalo next year.
Great Neck South, Sr.
Mo won the state public championship in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:52.81. He helped lead Great Neck South to its fourth straight undefeated season and Nassau title. Mo was named the county meet's most outstanding swimmer after setting records in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.48 seconds) and the 200 IM (1:51.42). He also swam the third leg of the record-setting 200-medley relay that finished in 3:18.99. Mo will be swimming for Army next year.
Half Hollow Hills West, Sr.
Savit won his second straight Suffolk diving championship with a score of 513.45 on 11 dives. He also finished in sixth place at the state championships with 432.95 points. In his final regular-season meet, Savit broke the 30-year-old Suffolk six-dive record with a score of 344.76. He will be diving for the University of Southern California next year.
Wantagh, 7th grade
Sachem North, Jr.